“There is an urgent need for housing and mixed-use developments that are sustainable in terms of their environmental impact and economic viability, as a response to the climate emergency and to ensure greater resilience and well-being for urban communities. This project will prove what’s possible, showcase new technologies being developed locally, and blaze a trail for others to follow across Swansea city centre and beyond,” says Carwyn Davies, director of Hacer Developments.
The project is a mixed-use development that includes affordable and shared ownership housing, as well as retail and commercial space.
The vision for Biophilic Living Swansea is to enable reconnection with nature in the urban environment, and the creation of a cohesive community to tackle issues of social exclusion and loneliness in an innovative way. The project will allow residents to help run an urban farm as a social enterprise, with homegrown produce consumed and sold locally. Biophilic Living is founded on research that reconnecting with nature is essential to our well-being and that there are positive community and health outcomes from living more closely with the natural world.
This project by Hacer Developments has been designed by Powell Dobson Architects in Swansea. The concept is the result of extensive collaborative working among a range of local organisations, including Swansea University, the Active Building Centre, Public Health Wales, Swansea Community Farm and Sero Homes Ltd.
Hacer has been awarded funding under the Welsh Government Innovative Housing Programme to bring forward a pioneering scheme in Swansea City Centre. The Biophilic Living project at Picton Yard Swansea represents a radical new approach to living and working in the urban environment.
Biophilic Living is about enabling humans to reconnect with nature and creating a cohesive community to address the increasing issues relating to social exclusion and loneliness, as well as responding to the climate emergency with innovative technology and putting nature at the heart of the city. The project is a mixed-use development, providing affordable new homes and workspace alongside a community urban farm in the heart of Swansea City Centre.
The project is expected to commence on site in April 2020 and complete in early 2022.